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El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant

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2160 Anderson Rd, Suite 180, Petoskey, MI
+1 231-487-1022
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No Name Key, Florida
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I don't know why I'm writing this review?? Their English is very poor and they (El Ranchero employees/owner) probably won't understand it anyway, but here it goes. We were visiting our daughter who lives in Petoskey. Craving Mexican food we gave this establishment a try. Ugh! Vanessa was our server or should I say the person that came to our... More 

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Thank 9064ever
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

The management simply do not care. Food has gone from ok to bland nasty. Service has gone from ok to forgotten and do not care. Ordered the same thing as I have every time for years and no sauce last time asked for lots this time. No sauce. But I did get a rubberband in my salsa. Will not go... More 

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Thank Phil G
East Jordan, Michigan
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

My friend and I had lunch there and it was awful! I gave them a second chance because I have always liked this restaurant. .. sorry I did. Terrible! Will not try again!

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Thank JGBL49
Ann Arbor, MI
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I realize living near downtown Detroit and "Mexican Village" I'm spoiled but the food here was just meh. The chips were boring, and the food coming out was just something to fill my hungry belly. Very disappointing. And the margarita, sadly, they sold me on a larger one 'happy hour-ish' one, but still had the smaller sized amount of alcohol.... More 

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Thank TravlJini
Zushi, Japan
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Food was ok, but plates not full like you expect when you get Mexican food. Atmosphere was good, typical of a Mexican restaurant, cute table and chairs, although someone had a great time coloring with crayons all over the wall at the booth we were sitting at. Now.. If you ask for a 1/2 carafe of house wine, our waiter... More 

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Thank ShellyinZushi
Harbor Springs, Michigan
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376 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This relatively new Mexican restaurant in Petoskey is located in a lightly traveled mall, with Lowe's as the main anchor. On a Sunday afternoon it was moderately busy. Both my wife and I had combination dishes, with tacos, burritos, enchiladas. The food was OK but not particularly impressive. Service was average.

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Thank LouBobHarborSprings
Haslett, Michigan
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

I ordered a taco salad. It was delivered in an edible tortilla bowl and was more like a dip than a salad. Mostly piping hot soupy retried beans with a couple pieces of green pepper and a small handful of lettuce on top. Yuck. Not worth almost $10, and with very few customers in the restaurant it should not have... More 

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Thank BrendaBKO
Boyne City, Michigan
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131 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

We came for lunch. The service was quick and the food was authentic Mexican. Although the food was very good, I thought that the portions were light.

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Thank Bryan M
Mebane, North Carolina
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58 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

My family ate here on vacation, there were a total of 5 adults and one child. Out of all of orders they only got 1 order correct, we had to send everything else back. My husband ordered something similar to my father, he opened the burrito and realized it wasn't what he ordered (the waiter had placed it in front... More 

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Thank HPMEBANE
Lake Ann, Michigan, United States
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69 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Had dinner with wife Sat.Night. The atmosphere is wonderful and the staff is above average. As for the food the taste is great but the portions run on the small side. We have been there six times and the portions have been getting smaller each time. Had to send them back to the kitchen the last two times.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2160 Anderson Rd, Suite 180, Petoskey, MI
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Emmet County  >  Petoskey
  • Phone Number: +1 231-487-1022

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?